In-form apprentice Jasmine Fawcett is set to ride regularly at South Island race meetings.
New Zealand’s leading female apprentice jockey has chosen the right time to add South Island race meetings to her regular beat.
In her second full season of race riding, Matamata-based Jasmine Fawcett has been ticking off the winners on a regular basis to now be second on the apprentice table and in the top 20 on the overall jockeys’ premiership. At a rain-soaked Arawa Park yesterday, she notched her 40th win for 2017-18 with a heady ride on Admiral, maintaining her position second only to defending junior champion Sam Weatherley.
“I’m having an excellent season, getting good rides from a wide range of trainers and the winners have kept coming,” says Fawcett. “It does a lot for your confidence to be getting that sort of support, and now I think it’s time to try my luck down south.
“I’ve booked my flights to Christchurch on Friday and already my agent Tony Raklander has been told by three trainers they’ll have rides for me at Riccarton.
“My boss Jim Collett has been great to work with – being a leading jockey in his time he knows all about it and he’s a southerner too, he’s right behind me wanting to ride more extensively.”
Now aged 24, Fawcett was a relatively late starter when she kicked off her career just under two years ago, but the upside to that is the maturity she brings to the role.
“I travelled a bit in my late teens, which started with riding in the national pony club games team and after that working with horses in the United Kingdom,” she explained.
“When I returned home I had the chance to try my luck as a jockey and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s worked out – this is definitely the life for me.”
Under the recently updated apprentice claim scale, Fawcett’s career tally of 48 wins will allow her to claim two kilograms until she reaches 79 wins. Combine that with her ability to ride at 50 kilograms and she has much to offer, especially through the winter months.
“I’m looking forward to widening my base,” she says. “I’m not afraid of hard work, so if the travelling works for me, trainers want to put me on and I get the results, I fully intend doing it on a regular basis.”